Harmonic Backdrop To The Absurd

These waters are of legend;  more a cautionary tale

and your faith will not avail you of reprieve

if you happen to be drawn to walk the shores of Lilith Lake

to behold the thing you never did believe

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Time can be a healer of great sorrow
or a poison that contaminates your heart
The difference in these outcomes are proportional in measure
to the amount of love or anger where you start

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He lived just about the middle of a stretch of Highway Ten
It was ninety miles to town in either direction
He had a flat-bed auto hauler and a deal with Triple A
to send him out to get the break-downs and the wrecks

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In an early childhood memory of an old amusement park
I recall the feeling something wasn’t right
beneath the music and the gaiety a seediness implied
a  danger deeper than was promised by the night

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I must admit it looks as though there’s not much use denyin’
I never should’ve taken to the road the way I did
just accepting it as destiny I’ll prob’ly go down tryin’ to piece together
what I swear I saw more clearly as a kid.

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The vagrant wore a bad tattoo of Jesus.
A vestige of his more idealist days
when he might have been a hero,
or just an ordinary man
before the mystique of his world had worn away.

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Who  is this old man in the mirror looking back at me
with seemingly more sadness than surprise
in silence nearing disbelief I gaze into that face
and search among the wandered for the wise.

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It’s me who’s got the shaky reputation,
and I’m the one whose baggage weighs a ton.
For all intents and purposes, it’s you who should be wary…
so why’s it me that feels the need to run away from you?

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Does Hyperion’s tumble show chaos,
or an order in that icy stone?
is there meaning in asking the question?
will some master plan ever be known?

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We’re not the first culture to falter…
          but we could be the last to implode…
 we just might be unique in the sense we pretend
          from some innocent bystander mode.
as much of a weapon as any machine
          is our marketed, sanitized view
if we’d drop the denial, we’d have to believe 
          unforgivable things that we do.

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I’m afraid he’d see my burning as I look at you
if I allowed myself to drift into your eyes…
as I pretend it’s just a friendly conversation
I pretend I’m not desire in disguise.

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The campers come to trash this Colorado

The hunters ambush elk who flee the cold

Bald mountains, now a metaphor for how we do the world

Sacred nature either thrown away or sold

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She’s all about knowin’ what’s on my mind
All about showin’ up just in time
All about talkin’ that stuff to me
that don’t fit mixed company

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The landing gear hydraulics failed, and everybody died
and insurance paid out millions in the claims
which company directors found some cheaper to provide
than to schedule regular maintenance on their planes.

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Where there was sin, there was salvation; where faith, there was god.
Independent of our need to understand.
In the face of contradictions so impossible to hide
my precocious childhood questions went unanswered

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Half white, wound tight, walkin’ on eggs
such a silly and emotional boy
to be a journeyman apprentice to a perilous life
of indiscretion with the dangerous toys

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She’s what the good ol’ boys would call a “looker”
She’s half again as crazy as she seems
She’s her own testimony to the truth of many  beasts behind her
So much a gentle baby when she dreams

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